DJI Osmo Mobile 2 | Must-Have Phone Camera Accessory for Travel?

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 | Must-Have Phone Camera Accessory for Travel?


Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re reviewing the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, and determining whether it’s
worth getting for your next trip. (light chiming music) We recently did a video on whether you need
a better travel camera. In that video, I suggested checking out gimbals and they
seemed like a great way to improve the stability of your videos. I’ve been
really impressed with the three axis gimbal stabilization found on my DJI
Mavic Air drone, so I thought I’d try out the latest mobile phone gimbal called
the Osmo Mobile 2 that was just released in January 2018. The DJI Osmo
Mobile 2 is the second generation of their mobile phone handheld gimbal, and
it’s actually a lot cheaper too. The original used to run for $299 while the
new model costs only $129 US dollars. That’s a pretty significant difference
in price. Most of that comes from DJI’s switch from an all-metal design to a
plastic build. However, the Osmo Mobile 2 also has some new capabilities that were
not found in the original model, like the ability to orient the phone in portrait
mode rather than just landscape. Before I get into what I like and dislike about
the Osmo Mobile 2, I do want to add a caveat that this is not a comprehensive
tech review, but one that is geared more for the traveler. If you want to see
every feature and capability, then you’ll want to check out some of the great
reviews posted by other tech reviewers on YouTube. I’ve included some of my
favorite ones below. So, let’s start with what I like about the DJI Osmo Mobile 2.
Well to start, I think the build quality seems to be solid. Even though the body
is plastic, it still feels substantial. And as with other DJI products, it
seems very well-built and seems like it would survive the wear and tear that
would occur during travel. Another thing that I like is the battery and charging
capabilities. The battery is rated to last 15 hours. Though even more
interesting is the fact that you can charge your mobile phone in the event
that you need additional power. In that case, the Osmo Mobile 2 can function
like a spare battery charger. And on the flip side, if you need to charge your
Osmo Mobile 2 while away from a plug, you can use a portable battery charger.
The Osmo Mobile 2 also has some awesome modes and features. The Active Track
feature allows you to track a subject, and from my casual testing, seems to work
pretty well. The gimbal also has a Motion Lapse mode which allows you to capture
motion time lapses. This is an awesome feature and can help take normal time
lapses to the next level. So the Osmo Mobile sounds great,
right? Well, there are some serious issues. First off, I knew going in that the
original Osmo Mobile was known to have issues with jittery video, particularly
with mobile phones that have optical image stabilization or OIS that can’t
be locked or disabled. I don’t know the technical ins and outs, but essentially
the camera’s OIS and the gimbal are in conflict when it comes to stabilizing
the video, which causes this weird jittery effect. Unfortunately, this is
still an issue with the Osmo Mobile 2. What makes it even more weird is it
seems to be more present when capturing video using the DJI Go app. If you look
at the footage, you’ll notice that the video seems to jitter whenever I take a
step. However, when I use the native Apple Camera app, then you’ll see that the
video seems smoother, though not completely free of the jitter. You’ll
also notice that when I use a front-facing camera, the video is much
smoother. This is because the front camera doesn’t have OIS which means
that the gimbal is able to do its job of stabilizing the movement and vibration. I
also did a side by side with the DJI Go app and the native camera app while using
the Osmo Mobile 2, and I honestly think that the native app looks better, which
is just strange since the DJI app is supposed to be optimized for the gimbal.
The differences are less apparent when using the front-facing camera. This makes
sense as the front camera doesn’t have OIS So, if your primary use of the Osmo
Mobile 2 is more vlogging or selfies, this might still be a viable option for
you. The other thing that concerns me with the Osmo Mobile 2 is its size
and clunkiness when traveling. I honestly didn’t expect this to be an issue, but i
couldn’t figure out a good way to carry it while I was walking around the LA
Travel and Adventure Show. With a normal camera, I can just have it strapped to my
body. However, I think you would need some kind of holster in order to carry the
gimbal hands-free, which is something to consider when traveling especially when
you need to sign receipts or carry items. Calibrating the gimbal with my phone
was also another annoyance with the Osmo Mobile 2. While I understand why I have
to do it, I didn’t realize that I have to do it throughout the day, especially
after holding the gimbal under my arms. It might not seem like a
big deal, but I feel like at least half of the videos and photos that I capture
when traveling are spontaneous, and I don’t know if I would be able to use the
Osmo Mobile as quickly during those kinds of situations. Lastly, using your
phone while in the gimbal is cumbersome. I realized that if I’m placing the phone
in the Osmo Mobile 2, I’m gonna use it primarily as a camera. But when traveling,
I use my phone all the time to get maps, information, or stay in contact. What I
didn’t anticipate was a difficulty of having to pull out the phone each time I
need to use it, and even using it while still in the gimbal. So unfortunately, I
think I’m going to return my Osmo Mobile 2. For me, the big deal breaker was the
jittery video. From what I understand, it’s not DJI’s fault. This is more of an
issue with the OIS not being lockable on certain phones. However, I do think that
it would be better for DJI to put a label on the box
or a note on the website letting folks know of the issue. It might be something
that can be addressed in a future app update, but for now, it’s
enough of an issue for me not to recommend the unit. Personally, I would
rather carry another camera that isn’t as cumbersome. Cameras like my Canon G7X
have pretty good in-body stabilization, though you have to learn to walk like a
ninja. I’m also a bit more picky about my video, so you might not care as much
about the jitter, which can probably smooth out using video editing software.
If you do decide that the Osmo Mobile 2 is right for you, I recommend watching
the DJI Support videos on setting up the device. I made the mistake of relying on
the instruction manual and didn’t quite get the calibration right. After watching
the video, it made a lot more sense and I was able to properly calibrate the
gimbal. Do you have any experience with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 or any other
gimbal? If so, I’d love to hear how you carry them when traveling and whether
you find them to be an essential part of your travel camera gear. I’ve included
links of some of the products shown in this video.
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32 thoughts on “DJI Osmo Mobile 2 | Must-Have Phone Camera Accessory for Travel?

  1. Great perspective! Never though about the frustration when actually wanting to use the phone while in the gimbal. You are right, it takes the mobile aspect of our phones away!

  2. Cool device Ernest ! thank you for reviewing I was looking at this DJI , you did a great job as always buddy.

    Jose P.

  3. Great channel ๐Ÿ™‚ found via YouTube suggestions (the American in the UK video) – great presentations ๐Ÿ™‚ Still waiting for Osmo 2 to be released in the UK, I'm looking forward to the upgrade on my Zhiyung Smooth-C! The time lapse/pan process look epic

  4. I have seen this device on a couple other channels so far and it looks amazing every time! Thank you for the review and sharing this! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

  5. Great Video!
    Did DJI refund you fully or did you have to pay for shipping?
    Anyways I think the main reason for the jitter is not OIS : my Sony Xperia XZ Premium doesn't have optical stabilization but yet it suffers from the same issue.. I think the main reason is the position of the camera itself. Xperia and IPhones have the camera at the edge of the phone while phones like Samsung and LG has them closer to the middle. I think when used with the osmo, it shakes the phone slightly in the roll axis and it transfers to the recorded video.

  6. Did you set up a weight for counterbalance? My Osmo Mobile 2 isnโ€™t happy with the wide angle lens on it

  7. Incredible video footage! Sitting here at Y&S FOOD! we adore to catch this type of contents. We produce Travel & Food video too, across the globe, and also we are continually interested in inspirations and ideas. Thank You.

  8. Thank you for new (travel) perspective!
    While travelling I filmed several hours with Zhiyun smooth c. I like to film with mobile gimbal. And came to conclusion (and bought second phone) that it is good to have two phones. 1. for filming and drone monitoring. 2. for phone calls, emails etc.
    I would like you to make video of Zhiyun smooth 4. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. How do you get the DJI go app to go full screen on your iPhone X? Meaning not having the black bars on both ends of the screen.

  10. The reason why the iPhone app is better is because Apple uses a combination of optical and software stabilization, DJI app doesn't have software stabilization

  11. I can see how a frequent traveler might not appreciate the extra weight and bulk of a gimbal, but if you want to add an extra layer to your filmmaking the gimbal can provide it. Just like a drone can add an extra layer.

  12. Thanks for talking through the jitter.. learning to walk like a ninja, is all free too … /Stay safe

  13. FYI if you zoom in your ios camera in just a tad, it eliminates the jitter as it turns off the stabilizer.

  14. Hi,
    the problem with the jitter is not DJI's fault. When you have two systems trying to do the same thing, that happens. That's why most film makers use an app like Filmic Pro, which allows you to turn off the phone's OIS.
    Tha same happens when you use a photographic camera with image stabilization on a tripod: you get lesser sharp photos! That's why on most cameras/lenses for DSLR quality photos you have the option to turn the system on and off.
    Hope to have added.
    My best!

  15. Filmic Pro combined with the iPhone 6s is the best combination to use with the Osmo Mobile. The iPhone 6s still sold on the Apple Website has no
    mechanical stabilization built in and doesn't therefore run in conflict with the Osmo. The iPhone 6s does 4K and has a mini jack for audio. When shooting video the format is always 1920 X 1080 for HD and 3840 x 2160 for 4K and always 72 ppi, so it doesn't matter if you shoot on an iphone 6s, 7, 8, or 10 the resolution doesn't change unless you shoot pictures. All I want to say is that the 6s has more advantages when you shoot video with professional audio.

  16. What camera did you decide to go with? You mentioned several times in the comments you'd try to find something that wasn't so cumbersome. I'm very interested in this. I have a DSLR that I don't want to carry around. I thought about just relying on GoPro Hero6 but not loving that idea either.

    Thought the gimbal here would be a good option, but if I have to wrestle with it everytime I want to capture a shot, sounds like a hassle.

  17. I'm getting really good results with my Osmo mobile 2 gimbal & Sony Ultra ax1. Main difference though, my 20 Mp phone costs quarter price of your 12Mp Apple phone

  18. It's working fine with ANDROID as well ….I have been using it with my new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the videos are so stabilizing …I tried Hyperlapse, Timelapse, M Timelapse, Slow motion and also super slowmotion, Panaromic photos….Samsung Galaxy Note 9 + DJI Osmo Mobile 2 = Ultimate videos…

  19. Are you kidding? Not being able to use your phone while it's ON the gimbal is a negative??? You want a "phasing", invisible gimbal that'll hover the phone when you want to use it?

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